Invoicing and Tax regulation in Netherlands

Invoicing Regulation

In Netherlands, invoicing regulation is mandatory for all kinds of businesses (b2b, b2c, and b2g). Every transaction involving the sales of goods or provision of services should be recorded via invoices. As per Dutch law, invoices need to include information like date of issuance, a unique sequential number, VAT identification number of the supplier, and customer (for b2b businesses), the quantity and type of goods supplied or extent and nature of services, VAT rate applied, and the amount of VAT payable.

Real-time Reporting / Fiscalization

Real-time reporting or fiscalization is not mandatory in the Netherlands. However, businesses are encouraged to maintain up-to-date records for all transactions. These records can assist in case of audits and facilitate tax filing and compliance with regulations laid out by the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration.


E-invoicing, or electronic invoicing, is becoming increasingly popular in the Netherlands, and since 2017 it is compulsory for b2g businesses. E-invoices must comply with the standard European format (EN16931). For businesses operating b2b and b2c, although they aren't required to use e-invoicing, it is highly recommended as it simplifies the invoicing process and makes tracking transactions easier.

VAT/GST/Tax Compliance

When it comes to VAT/GST/tax compliance in the Netherlands, all businesses (b2b, b2c, and b2g) are required to register for VAT if they are liable. The standard VAT rate is 21%, with a reduced rate of 9% applicable to certain goods and services. VAT returns should be filed electronically and it is usually done on a quarterly basis, but it can also be done monthly or annually. The report must contain details of the taxable amount, the VAT amount and the payable or reclaimable VAT.

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